Monday, September 1, 2014

Upper End, Section #2

Today's section of the path is a short one."Least Resistance" meant many turns and curves at times. These photos are the last ones taken before I started using Critter Mix, so the only visitors are quite familiar by now.

When I moved the camera around the bend today, I ran into a new problem, as the strap on the camera was too short to go around either of the available trees. The camera is now sitting on the ground, on the path, held upright by a short piece of wood. Critter Mix is down and hopefully no critter will knock over the camera in the next couple of days.

And finally, for his friends and family around the world, here's a look at Nigel bringing a load of firewood down off the hill. It is surprising how often a tree will fall across the path, but thanks to Nigel, they're quickly cut up and removed so the path remains open for hikes.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Entrance to the Lower End of the Path

Today we see the other end of the path, and this shot includes the first 50' that I opened when I started the project several years ago. This entrance is less than 50 yards from my front door. Other than the deer, there was only a night shot of part of a raccoon's body, a pic not worth sharing.

Yesterday afternoon I bought 25 pounds of 'Critter Mix' from a local feed store (White's Mill). It contains corn, sunflower seeds, shelled and unshelled peanuts and a few other things. Each time I move the cameras, I will toss two cups of it on the path, hoping to attract a mix of critters.

At the two logs just below the deer's head, the path veers sharply to the right. When next we visit this camera, I'll show you what would happen if you went straight instead of making the turn.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Walk The Path of Least Resistance With Me

So I fired up a second trail cam and placed one at each end of the walking trail that I created over three Winters of retirement. The path was named because of way I made it - using a 100' piece of rope and no power tools. I'd tie one end of the rope to a tree and figure out where I could go a hundred feet without having to cut down any trees and then tied off the other end. Every time I cleared 100', using just a hand saw and a pair of Fiskers lopers, I'd repeat the process.

The finished path is a little over a half mile long and winds through both pine forest and hardwoods. At one point it drops down to the creek, the lowest part of the farm, before slowly climbing to the top of one of the highest hills. Eventually if works its way back down  to the basic level of the farm itself.

My plan is to check each camera on alternating days, so that both will have 48 hours to catch whatever wildlife is using that particular section of the path. Each time I check a camera, I will also move it about 100 feet further along the path, so that you can see the trail unfold as I did while making it. In about 2 weeks, the two cameras should end up pointing at one another for a day. I'll keep moving them until both cameras has covered the entire path, each from a different direction.

Today's photos come from the upper opening to the path -the last area that was completed. Just like me, it seems that Mama Doe and the twins find it easier to walk the path than to navigate the jungle on either side of it.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How Quickly They Grow!

In this case, 'they' refers both to the size of the twin fawns and the length of the tines on the local buck.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Same Spot, Different Perspective

The camera is now sitting down in the mineral lick hole, facing the tree it's been strapped to the last couple of days. There were a few visitors yesterday but none of them managed to knock the camera over like I expected.